Network Systems Administration Option Full-time Diploma 181adipts

Overview

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.
The Computer Information Systems Administration (CISA) program is a full-time program that consists of a common first year and two second
year options. The program does not focus on design or engineering; rather the focus is on technical training. Administration training comprises both theory and practical experience where the goal is to have the students develop a skill set to be able to install, maintain, customize, configure, and troubleshoot systems and hardware. To support this training students are exposed to considerable hands-on activities using well equipped labs. Applicants should have a keen interest in computers, exposure to home networking, strong communication and problem solving skills.

The Network Systems Administration (NSA) Option

The CISA program emphasizes a hands-on, technical approach to training, where experience gained in labs and classrooms can be applied directly to business and industry. Successful graduates will be qualified to work in industry as administrators of computer networks and server systems.

The first year consists of training that introduces students to computer hardware, operating systems, and computer networking fundamentals. The program builds upon these fundamentals with a focus on Microsoft Networking, Cisco Networking, additional computer hardware including server systems, and Linux operating systems administration. While much of the training aligns with industry certifications, students are not required to write any industry exams. Students completing year-one are encouraged to obtain the Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MCITP, Red Hat RCHA, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Server+, and CompTIA Net+ industry certifications.

The NSA option specializes in deploying and supporting the network infrastructure used in today's enterprise systems. Students leverage industry leading products from Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Red Hat, SUSE, Oracle, VMWare, and others to create a secure, multiservice business solution. Students work with routing, switching, firewall, server, and client technologies to deploy reliable and redundant campus networks that support remote access and wide area interconnectivity. The NSA option has a focus on security, advanced routing & switching, and network services such as Voice-over-IP, collaboration tools, messaging, and client management. Students learn to leverage virtualization technologies, providing the responsiveness needed to support business applications. Students are encouraged to obtain more advanced industry certifications from Aruba, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Red Hat, Oracle, VMWare.

Program Entry

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the Network Systems Administration program interests you, review the entrance requirements. If you qualify, you may want to attend an
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information session or become a student for a day.

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If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or if you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor, Randy_James@bcit.ca or call 604-456-1053.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait-list from year to year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

If you do not meet the entrance requirements or are uncertain, we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Apply to program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Network Systems Administration!

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you may benefit from financial assistance.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Approximately $500 per level for books and supplies.
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

The program consists of four levels spread over two-years.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0830–1500, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Level 1 (18 weeks) Credits
  CISA 1110 Computer Hardware & Maintenance 6.0
  CISA 1120 Network Fundamentals 6.0
  CISA 1130 Network Operating Systems 1 6.0
  CISA 1140 Linux Fundamentals 6.0
  CISA 1150 Introduction to Programming Concepts 6.0
  CISA 1210 Computer System Infrastructure 6.0
 
Level 2 (22 weeks) Credits
  CISA 1220 Routing and Switching 1 6.0
  CISA 1230 Network Operating Systems 2 6.0
  CISA 1240 Linux Administration 6.0
  CISA 2110 Server Hardware 6.0
  CISA 2120 Routing and Switching 2 6.0
  CISA 2130 Network Operating Systems 3 6.0
  CISA 2200 CISA Student Project 8.0
 
Level 3 (18 weeks) Credits
  CISA 3025 Campus Switched Networks 6.0
  CISA 3045 Messaging Services 1 6.0
  CISA 3055 Network Security and Ethics 6.0
  CISA 3070 Windows Systems Management 1 6.0
  CISA 3090 Enterprise Virtualization 1 6.0
  CISA 3145 Messaging Service 2 6.0
 
Level 4 (22 weeks) Credits
  CISA 3005 Enterprise Wireless 6.0
  CISA 3115 IP Telephony 6.0
  CISA 3135 Advanced IP Routing 6.0
  CISA 3170 Windows Systems Management 2 6.0
  CISA 4165 Advanced Network Security 6.0
  CISA 4195 Unified Communications 6.0
  CISA 4205 NSA Student Project 8.0
 
Total Credits: 160.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years (80 weeks), full-time

Grading

Students must maintain a minimum 60% overall average in each level in order to proceed to the next level. In addition, failure of three courses or more in a level, no matter the overall average for the level, prevents students from proceeding to the next level. Either case will result in automatic withdrawal from the program.

Additional program options

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Manufacturers such as Cisco, HP, and IBM typically have "partners" who sell their products. It is with these partners that our students find employment. Other sources of employment include Internet Service Providers (ISPs), government, municipalities, hospitals, health authorities, management companies, airports, transportation services, insurance companies, and many small businesses. If a computer network exists within a business and it grows to any size there is a demand for competent administrators to maintain this network and its clients. Graduates have the ability to continue developing their skills in more specialized areas such as wireless, security, storage area services, and voice services providing a path to higher pay and ensured employment.

NSA graduates have skills focused on maintaining network infrastructure and client support. Graduates are capable of working with a wide range of Cisco products including routers, switches, firewalls, wireless systems, IP phones, and management tools. Graduates also have experience supporting Linux and Microsoft clients and servers. Employment opportunities exist within Internet providers, cablevision, telephone companies, service outsourcing companies, and any IT department.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

  • Randy James, Chief Instructor, Enterprise Systems Administration & Network Systems Administration
  • John Brohman, Instructor
  • Patrick Duffey, Instructor
  • Roger Gale, Instructor
  • Art Giassa, Instructor
  • Rob Hamm, Instructor
  • Kirksal Icoz, Instructor
  • Brian Klym, Instructor
  • Cory Langford, Instructor
  • Ray Massoud, Instructor
  • Steven Ng, Instructor
  • Jill Simmons, Administrative Assistant
  • Chris Wiebe, Instructor
  • Tracy Willcock, Instructor
  • Chi Wong, Instructor
  • Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, AScT, Associate Dean

Advisory committee

  • Jeff Celmainis, Park Place Technologies
  • Tri Chiem, Division of EMC
  • Paul Inzani, Bell   
  • Richard Louie, McKesson Enterprise Medical Imaging, McKesson Provider Technologies
  • Michael Mangan, Sophos
  • Cam Melvin, PROMIS
  • Joff Mills, ICBC under contract
  • Dave Sutherland, (formerly) McKesson Medical Imaging
  • Ralph Wright, Cisco Systems Canada Co.

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Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.
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If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor, Randy_James@bcit.ca or 604-456-1053.

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